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1997 Stories by Steven Almond

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  • A Sideman Steps Forward

    published October 30, 1997

    Labor of love. Labor of love. Labor of love. If I had a nickel -- wooden or otherwise -- for every time I've read (or overheard) someone recycle... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 18, 1997

    It Had to Happen James McMurtry (Sugar Hill Records) In 1995 two songs came out that were sharp expressions of the burden that... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 11, 1997

    After the Fall Mary Coughlan (Big Cat Records) Ever since the Beatles and Dylan began performing their own songs, critics and... More >>

  • Rotations

    published September 4, 1997

    Elegantly Wasted INXS (Mercury) It's sort of endearing the way Michael Hutchence thinks he's still sexy, kinda like that fading... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 28, 1997

    Big Trouble in the Mystery House of Joy The Fool (The Fool Records) For two years running, this New York quartet has played the... More >>

  • The Unexplored Horde

    published August 21, 1997

    I've never been an especially ardent fan of rock festivals. They strike me as a prolonged pretext for public vomiting, what with all the suds and... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published August 7, 1997

    thursday august 7 Quartetto Gelato: The Coral Gables Congregational Church (3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables) continues its summer... More >>

  • Rotations

    published August 7, 1997

    Straight Outta Boone County Various Artists (Bloodshot Records) Straight Outta Boone County is Bloodshot Records' fourth... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published July 24, 1997

    thursday july 24 Arthur Hailey: Author of mega best sellers Hotel (which eventually became a long-running television series starring... More >>

  • Live and Let Creativity Die

    published July 24, 1997

    As it turns out, the nuts were right. Paul is dead. Creatively, at least, the Cute Beatle met his maker in about, oh, December of... More >>

  • Rotations

    published June 5, 1997

    The Monks Black Monk Time (Infinite Zero/American) Everything that's great about the Monks is right there on "Monk Chant," the... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 29, 1997

    Pete Ham 7 Park Avenue (Rykodisc) The mere fact that Badfinger was originally signed to the Beatles' Apple label unfairly... More >>

  • Rotations

    published May 8, 1997

    NuYorican Soul NuYorican Soul (Giant Step/Blue Thumb) Never underestimate Puerto Rico. True, the island's treasured salsa has... More >>

  • A Righteous Babe

    published April 24, 1997

    Meritocracy is not a word that leaps to mind when I think about the music biz. Merit, after all, has never counted for much in the face of... More >>

  • The Write Job

    published March 20, 1997

    Among those devoted to the preposterous notion that they can support themselves by making music, the recitation of day jobs is a hallowed form of... More >>

  • Rotations

    published March 13, 1997

    U2 Pop (Island) So this is the "next big thing" the music industry has been so desperately searching for? Hate to disappoint,... More >>

  • Rotations

    published March 6, 1997

    Tony Bennett Tony Bennett On Holiday: A Tribute to Billie Holiday (Columbia) Tony Bennett has nearly always been an... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 27, 1997

    Mandela Original Soundtrack (Island) This 26-track collection from the documentary of the same name blows its own horn too... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 13, 1997

    The Pharaohs Awakening (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) The Pharaohs In the Basement (Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity) ... More >>

  • Rotations

    published February 6, 1997

    Graham Parker Acid Bubblegum (Razor & Tie) Acid Bubblegum is meant to be a return to form for Graham Parker, a reprise of his... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 30, 1997

    Various Artists Enzso (Epic) How to describe this record? Well, let's begin with the basics. This is a compilation of... More >>

  • Rotations

    published January 9, 1997

    Sun Ra The Singles (Evidence) Even in death space-traveling jazz man Sun Ra makes listeners choose sides. His admirers, whose... More >>

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